Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
Big thanks to the neighboring state of Wisconsin for this one, 2012 vintage:
Looks as big as it sounds... dark black coffee body produces a fell two finger of pale brown head, laces in a big way with booze legs ta boot.
Thick smoky chocolate aromas, some boozy licorice, tons of warming oak notes, more chocolate, the rye just doesn't quite hold up next to everything else that's going on here.
This beer is very appropriately named. I'm not normally crazy about smoked beers but this one offers enough diversity to keep me interested. Loads of booze-soaked wood notes... tastes like a campfire smells. Some dessert sugars, and a warming finish. Pretty unique stuff.
This is definitely one to try if you never have. I don't know that I'll seek out more of it but I'm glad I tried it.
12-30-2012 01:20:09 | More by yamar68
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 18.99. No bottle date but this is from the Oct/Nov 2012 batch. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours black with a finger and a half bubbly tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the glass. No lace whatsoever.
Smells of peaty smoke, cocoa, caramel anf toffee.
Taste combines the strong smoke with rye whiskey and sweet dark malts. Peat, smoke, caramel, burnt wood, whiskey, toffee, cocoa, cane sugar, licorice and booze. There's no denying that this is packin a high abv wallop but it's much less prominent than the 13% bill might have you believe.
A lighter body than expected but still a creamy medium with subtly tingly carbonation. Long smokey sweet finish.
An interesting and boozy sweet take on the smoked beer. It'll be interesting to see what a little time will do to this one.
12-23-2012 04:19:44 | More by ThickNStout
4.15/5 rDev +3%
750ml bottle (2012) split three ways – snifter glasses
*Notes from Thanksgiving (11/22/12)
A: Smoking Wood pours a thick dark russet brown color that takes on more black as it collects in the glass. Initial pour looks near flat with only a mere wisp of some brown sugar foam. Leaves some oily gloss behind and just a few dots of lace. A much clumsier approach produces a decent half finger of low retaining head.
S: Smells of rich caramel sweet malts with a hinting of campfire smoke. There is a restrained meaty soy sauce fragrance and a touch of whiskey peat-like smoke to it. Nice nose with smoke not overpowering.
T: Tastes of dark roast grains sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Meaty smoke character plays a recurring part throughout. Firm rye spicing gives way to some subtle tannic wood and vanilla barreling notes. Has a light suggestion of peat whiskey and a subtle umami factor to it. There is a decent level of earthy bitterness that peppers across the palate. Incredibly smooth and well crafted at 13% ABV. Some significant warming alcohol but not harsh or offensive in any way. This is a real nice approach to a smoked beer and the flavors compliment nicely.
M: Heavier body and with carbonation seeming on the lower side. Still maintains a lush quality with a real sleek feel overall. Finishes wet.
D: A big robust porter with some great smoky flavors incorporated. Amazing balance at 13% ABV makes for a nice manageable sipper. I was happy with this purchase but do wish I was getting more of the chocolate/cocoa flav others have noted. That probably would have sealed the deal for me.
Should stand up well with age. Paired incredibly well with our hickory smoked turkey.
11-26-2012 23:43:36 | More by Nugganooch
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up
A-- Poured a dark cola color. Settled black. One finger dark brown head that slowly worked it's way to a nice, thick collar. Good head retention and good spotty lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.
S-- ACK...Smoke!!!! lots of initial aroma of smoke. Once it settled down got smoked bacon, salted cashews, chocolate, and slight bits of oak and rye whiskey.
T-- Smoked chocolate and smoked vanilla. Smoke somewhat drops off to dark chocolate, vanilla, and light barrel notes of oak and rye.
M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Works well as the barrel notes are soft so the smoke meshes well with the beer. Quite smooth after working way through the smoke.
O-- Struggled with the beer at first but once it opened up it was quite good. Not something I would want a lot of but it is a good change of pace and a beer that is pretty complex. Very much a slow sipper. Took about an hour to get through the bottle being shared.
02-21-2012 14:26:05 | More by mulder1010
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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